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Police Video Surveillance of Psychologists' House Prompts Lawsuit

By Christian Nolan |

A married couple from Westport is suing the town and several of its police officers for what they claim is unlawful video surveillance of their home.

With Death Penalty Gone, Defense Bar Sets New Goals

By Christian Nolan |

For years, criminal defense lawyers in the state have made abolishing the death penalty their No. 1 priority.

Prosecutor Who Handled Rowland Case to Join High-Profile Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

Often when a federal prosecutor moves to a private law firm, he or she launches a white-collar defense practice, the better to take advantage of all that inside knowledge of government investigations. But that's not the case with Connecticut Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Mattei, who has been hired by one of the most successful plaintiff law firms in the state.

Conn. Doctor to Pay $270,000 to Resolve Medicare Fraud Case

By Christian Nolan |

An osteopathic physician from Ridgefield who was convicted of health care fraud has agreed to pay the federal government $270,000 to settle similar civil allegations, including charges that he sent bills to Medicare for the treatment of patients he never saw.

Restaurant Chain Cooks Up IP Claim Against Conn. Barbeque Joint

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A Bridgeport restaurant's use of a logo with the letters BBQ against a flame backdrop has an out-of-state restaurant chain fired up.

Former State Senator Announces Expansion of Law Firm

By Law Tribune Staff |

A Branford law firm run by a well-known Democrat that focuses on real estate is expanding to Fairfield County with a satellite practice in Bridgeport.

Conn. Hotels Are Focus of ADA Enforcement by U.S. Attorney's Office

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

In the 25 years since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, many public buildings like schools and courthouses have been upgraded to be accessible to those with disabilities. But the law also extends to "places of public accommodation" such as hotels, and federal officials have been pushing in recent months to make hotels around the state accessible too.

Dan Klau at New Britain Courthouse — being interviewed by Courant reporter Alaine Griffin.

Attorney's Song Parody Album Raises Money for Legal Aid

By Megan Spicer |

For more than a decade, catchy phrases would come to Dan Klau. Oftentimes, he'd reach for a scrap of paper or his cellphone to write down the ideas before he forgot. Other times, the potential song lyrics would stay with him for weeks, months or even years.

Matthew Shafner

Groundbreaking Conn. Personal Injury Lawyer Passes Away

By Law Tribune Staff |

Matthew Shafner, a New London lawyer who practiced law for 56 years, handling high-profile cases involving asbestos, maritime injuries and the Sept. 11 attacks, passed away on Sept. 3. He was 80 years old and had apparently been ill for several weeks.

Sidelined Mother Wins $52,000 in Arbitration After Rear-End Collision

By Christian Nolan |

A woman who was injured after her vehicle was rear-ended at an intersection in Milford has been awarded nearly $52,000 by an arbitrator.

Ex-Attorney Accused of Theft Agrees to Mental Health Exams

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

A former attorney charged with first-degree larceny for allegedly stealing from a now-deceased military veteran has been accepted into a supervised diversionary program. If Andrew F. Bonito Jr., 56, of Cheshire, successfully completes the yearlong program, the larceny charge will be dismissed.

Attorney Says Court Will Exonerate Conn. Man Convicted of 2006 Murder

By Law Tribune Staff |

Another Connecticut man sent to prison for murder is about to be exonerated, his lawyer says.

Metro-North Death Reveals Legal Process for Challenging Medical Examiner's Rulings

By Megan Spicer |

Tamar Louis was struck and killed by a New York City-bound Metro-North train on the morning of Aug. 7. Witnesses told investigators that she had been sitting on the platform, legs hanging off the side, swinging back and forth.

Editorial: Law Schools Should Not Profit Financially From Legal Clinic Efforts

It was once generally agreed on that a college scholarship was sufficient compensation for college athletes who received the benefit of a college education in exchange for their hard work and dedication in representing their colleges and universities on the athletic fields.

Conn. Officials Say Too Many People Jailed Because They Can't Make Bond

By Associated Press |

Of the thousands in pretrial detention in Connecticut on any given day, more than 500 are held on bonds of $20,000 or less, meaning they cannot come up with the money to contract with bondsmen who typically charge 10 percent.

Kenneth Rosenthal, Bobby Johnson and Darcy McGraw

Unusual Conn. Exoneration Centers on Coerced Confession, Not DNA Evidence

By Christian Nolan |

It's nearly impossible to get an exoneration for a client who has confessed to the crime. But that didn't stop New Haven attorney Kenneth Rosenthal from undertaking what turned out to be a successful effort to free Bobby Johnson, who is almost 25 and was convicted in 2006 for the murder of 70-year-old Herbert Fields in New Haven's rough Newhallville neighborhood.

Mishandled Drug Evidence Could Affect Dozens of Prosecutions in Conn.

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo |

Alleged improprieties involving seized drugs held in the New London Police Department's evidence room are affecting dozens of cases in southeastern Connecticut. Several New London-area defense attorneys report having received letters from the state indicating evidence in a particular defendant's case may have been compromised. They have been told to direct questions to the New London State's Attorney's office.

Conn. Supreme Court Takes Fourth Crack at Shoreline Land Use Case

By Christian Nolan |

The state Supreme Court will review a long-standing dispute between Branford neighbors who live near the shoreline and are arguing over whether property can be used as a public park rather than just a walkway to the beach.

Editorial: Conn. Supreme Court Overreaches With Use of Supervisory Authority

How often has the Connecticut Supreme Court stated that "supervisory authority is an extraordinary remedy that should be used sparingly. … Although appellate courts possess an inherent supervisory authority over the administration of justice … [that] authority … is not a form of free-floating justice, untethered to legal principle. … Our supervisory powers are not a last bastion of hope for every untenable appeal. [Rather] they are an extraordinary remedy. … Constitutional, statutory and procedural limitations are generally adequate to protect the rights of the defendant and the integrity of the judicial system. … Thus, we are more likely to invoke our supervisory powers when there is a pervasive and significant problem … or when the conduct or violation at issue is offensive to the sound administration of justice." Well, look again.